The man who was held by police on Tuesday night with a live concussion grenade is likely to appear in court today, as investigators try to ascertain the real motive for his possession of the device.
The suspect was nabbed by ranks of a mobile anti-crime unit on Broad Street, Charlestown. The grenade was found in a haversack that also contained a .32 pistol with five matching rounds and a ski mask.
Crime Chief Seelall Persaud yesterday told this newspaper that the man and an accomplice, who was detained with him, are both known to the police.
While acknowledging that the men obviously had criminal intent he declined to disclose what was the suspects’ real intention.
“The evidence will come out in court,” was all the Crime Chief was prepared to say on the particular issue.
Grenades are not the first choice of the ordinary criminal, but its presence in the hands of individuals within recent times is a cause for concern.
Early last year, a similar device exploded in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market killing one man. The then Commissioner of Police Henry Greene had told the media that the victim was merely the courier of the device.
Yesterday, the Crime Chief recalled a number of instances recently where similar devices were found.
“We have seen a few, there was one thrown at the Brickdam Police Station, there was one found in Linden during the arrest of Colin Jones, one was disabled at the home of the head of the GEA Sharma,” the Crime Chief recalled.
On Tuesday, the police ranks stumbled upon the men who were walking on Broad Street and acting in a suspicious manner.
Upon seeing the ranks, the men who were from all indications about to commit a crime, decided to run.
One of the men, who was carrying a haversack, attempted to remove the contents from the bag as he was fleeing, but he was quickly cornered by the cops before he could have done so.
“We don’t know if he go to throw it away or throw it at the police,” a man who claimed to be an eyewitness told this newspaper.
A check of the bag unearthed the grenade and the firearm with the ammunition, along with a ski mask used by criminals.
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